Health & Fitness Black tea can promote weight loss, apparently

16:15  10 october  2017
16:15  10 october  2017 Source:   Netdoctor

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Tea could promote weight loss via increased energy expenditure and/or decreased caloric uptake from the gut. This is apparently due to the in vivo ability of black tea extract to inhibit pancreatic lipase activity.

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Researchers from the University of California have found that drinking black tea – specifically the nation's favourite English Breakfast blend – might promote weight loss and speed up metabolism.

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A new study explains how black tea can promote weight loss and other health benefits. Henning added that black tea , through a specific mechanism of the gut microbiome, may also contribute to good health and weight loss in humans.

The study

Scientists divided mice into four groups depending on their diet – low-fat, high-sugar; high-fat, high-sugar; high-fat, high-sugar and green tea extract; high-fat, high-sugar and black tea extract. The mice then had their weight measured over a four week period.

It was discovered that, by the end of the study, the mice who'd been given the tea extracts had lost the same amount of weight as those put on the low-fat diet. In addition, mice that were provided with black tea extract had also developed an increased amount of Pseudobutyrivibrio (a type of bacteria that targets the metabolism) in their system. This is the first time that black tea has been put on an equal footing with green tea when it comes to gut health. Lead author and human nutrition professor Susanne Henning said:

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Porangaba Tea is Brazil’s weight loss potion, containing caffeine, allantoin, allantoic acid and even potassium. Mate tea drinkers experience a significant increase in the activity of an enzyme that promotes HDL (good) cholesterol which prevents fats from oxidizing.

"It was known that green tea polyphenols are more effective and offer more health benefits than black tea polyphenols since green tea chemicals are absorbed into the blood and tissue."

She added: "Our new findings suggest that black tea, through a specific mechanism through the gut microbiome, may also contribute to good health and weight loss in humans. For black tea lovers, there may be a new reason to keep drinking it."

However, it must be noted that black tea refers to tea without milk – bad news if you're a milky brew lover. It's also important to remember that although these findings *might* carry implications for human weight loss but mice are very different to us, and the only sure-fire way to lose weight is through exercise and a healthy, balanced diet.

The study was published in the European Journal of Nutrition.

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